Directory

Welcome to the ICASC directory of national and international art for social change organizations, networks, educational programs and opportunities.

This is a curated list focusing on art for social change – by no means a comprehensive community arts listing.
If you are looking for more complete Canadian community arts listings, we highly recommend ArtBridges’ directory at http://artbridges.ca/community/community_map.

This is a living resource. We will be updating and revising it as new information becomes available. You can filter this list by selecting from the various options below.

Description Type Discipline Country
OBORO

Founded with the conviction that living transcultural artistic experiences contribute to the betterment of humankind, OBORO is an artist centre that favours the development of art practices locally, nationally and internationally. OBORO’s sphere of activity encompasses visual and media arts, performing arts, new technologies and emerging practices. OBORO’s more specific mandate is to support creation in various cultural practices; to encourage innovation, experimentation, the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge. OBORO's objective is to promote awareness and dialogue within the art world and society at large and to contribute to a culture of peace.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
OCAD University

OCAD University's Faculty of Art offers an Undergraduate Minor and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art & Social Change

"A minor in Art & Social Change offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most pressing social, political and ethical issues of our time. With the tenets of equality, diversity and social and environmental justice at the heart of this minor, and an investigation of the role that art and artists have and can play as catalysts of change, students pursuing this minor stand to expand the liberating powers of dialogue, dissent and collaboration as cultural practitioners engaged in local, national and global contexts.

This minor guides students across disciplinary boundaries and through broad university curriculum with key courses that examine important social movements, real-world issues and activism. Course will emphasize approaches for self-examination, critical thinking, anti-oppression politics, community building, experiential learning, field experience and pedagogy. These will respect each student’s unique experience, facilitate their emerging vision and enable professional networking opportunities. This minor provides our graduates with a critical companion to their major area of study, encouraging their capacities as leaders for positive social change and innovation through informed, inspired and transformative cultural engagement."

OCAD also hosts a social innovation initiative, "The Impact Collective"

 

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Onaman Collective

Pronounced ah-nah-mun, The Onaman Collective was formed in November of 2014 by Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt and Erin Konsmo. We care so deeply about the youth and the future of our communities, each of us in our own way has been using our art for social change. We formed the collective for the express purpose of finding ways to converge land-based art creation with traditional knowledge, youth, Elders and Anishnaabemowin and Cree languages. Our goal is to empower young people with knowledge and skills about the earth from an traditional indigenous viewpoint.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
One Love Theatre

One Love HIV/AIDS Awareness Theater (OLT),  blends dance, theater, music and gymnastics to disseminate HIV/AIDS awareness messages, promote gender equality and call for an end to female circumcision and abduction. Free for audiences in market-places and schools throughout Ethiopia, One Love performances serve as a dynamic vehicle to educate Ethiopians of all ages and walks of life about the threat of HIV and harmful traditional practices. One Love workshops educate Ethiopian youth and empower them to find their own voice through making art.  Over the last fifteen years One Love has performed for hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians - from the refugee camps of Assosa to the Ethiopian National Theater.   

Organization Theatre Ethiopia
Organized Kaos Youth Circus

Organized Kaos is a not for profit social enterprise, as a project we endeavor to be very social and very enterprising. The social aims of the company are encompassed in our acronym Keeping Adolescents Off The Streets, we do this by creating youth led circus activities in our space on a daily basis, which in turn develops our young people’s transferable life skills. We also provide volunteer and employment opportunities for our young people and volunteers within the project, creating a diverse skill set and a solid professional reference for them to secure gainful employment when they leave education.

Organization Theatre United Kingdom
Orquesta Solfónica de Madrid

The Orquesta Solfónica de Madrid (Solphonic Orchestra of Madrid) is a self-organized orchestra that was formed in the context of the social movement 15M and that has gained popularity for playing classical music in demonstrations and acts of social protest.

Organization Music Spain
Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio

The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing creative arts activities that support and enhance the physical, emotional, mental, and social health of participants. We hold arts workshops at the North Street Studio in Killaloe and bring mobile workshops to people in surrounding communities. Activities are designed to enhance creativity, holistic health, and personal growth while providing opportunities for people to explore and create in a safe, judgement-free environment.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Outa Hamra

Outa Hamra is a theatre group that aims to create high standard drama practices serving to develop the society, with a focus on the marginalized, such as refugees, street children and low-income communities. Outa Hamra gives opportunities to learn and to express points of view that might otherwise never be heard. We are a team of artists from different backgrounds and nationalities who came together with the belief that change is important and can be fun, and that learning should be pleasurable and collaborative!

Organization Theatre Egypt
Outreach Program, Penya Africa

Penya Africa, founded in 2008 by Nynke Nauta and Robert Wawesh as a company limited by guarantee, is a non-profit music label based in Nairobi, Kenya. Music, believed to be one of the most powerful instruments for changing societies, is our tool of choice to enhance self-expression and foster a change in the livelihoods of the underprivileged both socially and economically through identifying and developing talent. This phenomenon is foreign in the national school curriculum in Kenya.

Organization Music Kenya
Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In offers a high school accredited dance program providing the opportunity to Indigenous youth and their communities to engage in long-term intensive education through dance. Should youth fulfill the academic and attendance requirements of the program, youth get the opportunity to join other Indigenous youth from across Canada for two weeks in Toronto, preparing for an ultimate performance on stage to show off their talents and abilities before hundreds at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Organization Dance Canada
Outta Place

Outta Place is a not for profit arts organization founded in Hebden Bridge, Calderdale in 2010. We are passionate about using the digital and performing arts to help bring about social change for young people. To date we have explored the application of a range of art forms and have had the joy to produce interventions and festivals based on these explorations. Throughout 2011 we decided to streamline our offer, subsequently dance, music and technology are currently our key focus areas.

Organization Multidisciplinary United Kingdom
Oxy-jeunes

For 30 years, Oxy-Jeunes has used artistic activity as a means of preventing dropouts, risk behavior and social isolation of 12-17 year olds, and offers spaces for expression and cultural participation. By conducting their own project design of an original work to its dissemination, young people learn to persevere, to develop self-esteem and self-transcendence, determination, creativity and social commitment.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Palestinian Circus School

By training Palestinian children and youth in circus arts, the Palestinian Circus School wants to develop a new art form in Palestine and strengthen the social, creative and physical potential of the Palestinians, seeking to engage and empower them to become constructive actors in society. By creating and performing circus productions, we want to instil hope among the population, promote the freedom of expression and raise local and international awareness about Palestinian arts and the many challenges of the Palestinian society.

Organization Theatre Palestinian Territory
PAWA254

Home to some of Nairobi’s most creative photographers, graphic artists, journalists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, designers and poets. PAWA254 is a work-space that offers workshops, training’s, forums and events for all artists who are creating for social impact.PAWA254 empowers young professionals and disadvantaged youth to effect social change through new innovative projects. It is the first of its kind in Africa.

Organization Multidisciplinary Kenya
Peng!

Most of the time Peng! is a collective of smart and silly people producing creative political stunts and enriching campaigns with subversion, humour and civil disobedience. We specialise in subversive direct action, culture jamming, civil disobedience and guerilla communications. We use these tactics to create difficult moments for politics and business and make media stories about social justice. We also use these tactics to help others of course! Through workshops and collaborations, we work with traditional campaigners and NGOs to capitalise on moments of press attention to launch and extend their campaigns.

Organization Multidisciplinary Germany